With the same software as in our physical computer labs, VDI provides a virtual Windows 7 desktop for each student when connecting.  VDI works on- or off-campus (with VPN) and can be used from almost all of your computing devices.

Visit https://vdi.iastate.edu to download the client for Windows and Mac.

Install the client with all the defaults then follow the steps below.

How Do I Connect?

  1. If off-campus, connect to VPN
    • Windows/Mac/Linux users, navigate to http://vpn.iastate.edu then follow the instructions
    • iOS/Android users, search for ‘Cisco AnyConnect’ in the respective stores then add a connection with vpn.iastate.edu as the Server Address
  2. Launch the VMware View Client
  3. Enter https://vdi.iastate.edu for the View Connection Server
  4. Enter your IASTATE NetID and password
  5. Select ‘Engineering Student’

How Do I Disconnect?

When done using the VDI session you can exit via several methods.

  • Start Menu > Logoff
  • Start Menu > Shut Down
  • Quit the VMware View Client

All sessions are automatically destroyed after 2 hours of inactivity or logoff/shutdown.

Is This Replacing windowsremote?

Yes.  We are doing an initial launch summer 2012 but planning to turn off windowsremote by start of Fall 2012 semester.  All the software on windowsremote, and more, will be present in VDI.

I Don’t See ‘Engineering Student vDesk’…

If you don’t see ‘Engineering Student vDesk’ once inside the VMware View client, chances are you’re not an Engineering student.  Only registered Engineering students have access to this resource.  If you are an Engineering student and still don’t’ see it, fill out our contact form and somebody will be in touch to help.

I saved a file to C: in my VDI session and it’s no longer there…

All VDI sessions are destroyed and rebuilt at logoff/shutdown or after 2 hours of inactivity.  To avoid lost files, only save things to your personal folders.  These include Desktop, Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures, etc.  Any location outside your personal directories will be lost.  Please note that the U: drive IS personal space so you can also save to a custom folder in there.

I have another question you haven’t answered…

If you have another question related to something with VDI please don’t hesitate to fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch.